Sam Brand (GBR) I felt it was another really good day today. I managed to stay with the main group until almost the end of the last climb and o can feel my climbing legs getting better each day. Throughout the winter I’ve put a lot of work in and it’s paying off, I’m happy about that. A big thank you to all my teammates. They have done an incredible job to put me in the right position today. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. General Manager, Vassili Davidenko (RUS) It was shorter stage today, but one that came with a tough uphill finish. We tried to get a a breakaway going at the very beginning, but it didn’t happen and unfortunately missed the chance when the main break was formed. Throughout the stage we displayed a lot of good teamwork with everyone working together and trying to keep Sam in the front group until the final climb and he wasn’t far behind the leaders at the finish. It’s the first race of the season and seeing our motivation and how we are working together is very satisfying and gives us high hopes and expectations for this season.